5 Tips for Fall Lawn, Tree and Shrub Care to Prep for Spring

With fall around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the winter months.  According to TruGreen, here are five tips for homeowners to prepare their lawns for spring’s growth. 

ASSESS
Inspect your lawn, trees and shrubs.  Identify problem areas in need of pruning, replacement or treatment.  Note area where grass has thinned out or is in need of nutrients which appears as light green.  Also look for pest and weed infestation and overgrown shrubs and trees

 AERATE & PRUNE
Help your lawn breathe through fall core aeration to strengthen roots and prepare for spring.  Conduct corrective pruning of trees and shrubs to enhance plant appearance and thin rather than top-shear overgrown shrubs and flowering trees to preserve their shape.

REPLACE
Fall is the ideal time for successful seeding of bare lawn areas and over seeding of healthy grass to improve lawn thickness and density.  Replace dead or floundering plants in fall for a healthier landscape and improved curb appeal in spring. 

MOW & MULCH
Mow your lawn into the fall and avoid removing more than one-third of the leaf blades with each cut.  Return grass clippings and back to the sol for added lawn nutrients and use tree leaf compost to nourish plants. 

FEED
Feeding your lawn gives grass roots, trees and shrubs the energy needed to prepare for a healthy spring revival.  Keep fertilizer on target to prevent run-off and seep fertilizer granules that may reach pavement back onto your lawn.

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